Need something healthy but also chocolaty? Look no further! Make yourself some healthy brownie batter in a bowl (alternative name: chocolate cookie dough). This makes a great dessert, snack, or even breakfast! This recipe is vegan and can be made gluten-free. The only equipment you need is a blender or food processor, a bowl, and a spoon.

Note: With a good blender, this recipe could just be one step, just blending all the ingredients together. These steps are put together to get the best consistency without a high-quality blender.

The star ingredient of this recipe is beans! Beans make a great addition to desserts, such as in the similar baked version of this recipe, black bean brownies. Another similar recipe is edible chocolate chip cookie dough. If you haven't already, you might want to look into incorporating more beans into your desserts for a plant-based protein boost.

This recipe is:

- Quick and easy

- Healthy (high in nutrients including protein, iron, and fibre)

- Relatively cheap

- Very customizable    

Healthy Brownie Batter (aka Chocolate Cookie Dough)

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:10 mins
  • Servings:3
  • Easy


  • 1 540mL can drained unsalted black beans kidney beans or chickpeas
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup dates or other sweetener depending on how sweet you like it
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or plain water
  • Splash vanilla extract - optional
Avery Zenker
  • Step 1

    First, if you’re using dates as a sweetener, you may want to soak them in hot water to soften them while you prepare the next step.

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    Kristine Mahan
  • Step 2

    Add the oats to a blender, and blend until it becomes oat flour. Pour the oat flour into a separate bowl.

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    Gabby Phi
  • Step 3

    Drain the soaked dates and add them to the blender along with the beans, cocoa, almond milk/water, and vanilla. Blend to a smooth consistency.

    Avery Zenker
  • Step 4

    Stir in the oat flour.

    Avery Zenker
  • Step 5

    Scoop some into a little bowl and add some toppings, then enjoy!
    Topping Ideas:

    - Chocolate chips or cacao nibs

    - Nuts & Seeds (like almonds, coconut, walnuts, etc.)

    - Peanut butter

    - Fruit (like frozen raspberries or frozen mango)

    - Granola

    Avery Zenker
Avery Zenker

This recipe makes a few servings and should keep in the refrigerator for approximately 5-6 days. For a sweet frozen treat, try rolling the batter into balls and storing in the freezer to satisfy a chocolate craving on busy days.

Eating healthy should be enjoyable and easy, and can definitely include sweet treats!